DepartmentCrowell School of Business
Biola AffiliationsFaculty


  • M.A., Organizational Leadership, Biola University
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Los Angeles

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With nearly three decades of innovative leadership and management experience in the banking, market research and entertainment industries, Jake has held leadership positions with Fortune 100 companies as well as with one of the country's top-polling firms. He was a leader in the retail bank division of JPMorgan Chase for 15 years, notably serving as its Human Resource Manager for Talent Acquisition for the Western United States. In addition to authoring publications for research and professional journals, Jake is the author of Megatrends: The Transformative Forces Reshaping the United States which has been adopted by numerous universities. Jake speaks regularly on topics of leadership, innovation and technology, generational differences, emotional and cultural intelligence, and human resources.

Jake has co-led an international study tour to Beijing and Shanghai, China and Hong Kong, instructing on culture, behavior and economics in modern China. Jake consults internationally helping leaders build stronger organizations through their people and processes. He specializes in leadership strategy, team building, training and development, coaching, and the design and implementation of global human resource management functions.

Jake received his bachelor’s degree in economics from UCLA and his master’s in organizational leadership from Biola University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate degree in Organizational Leadership with a concentration in Human Resources from Regent University.

Publications (Selected)

Published Works

  • Aguas, J. (2021). Megatrends: The Transformative Forces Reshaping the United States. Kendall-Hunt Publishing.
  • Aguas, J. (2021). The Distinctives of the Christian Scholar. Christian Business Academy Review, 16(1), 85-89.
  • Aguas, J. (2020). Millennial and Generation Z’s Perspectives on Leadership Effectiveness. Journal of Emerging Leadership Journeys, 13(1), 1-22.
  • Aguas, J. (2021). A Pathway Towards Cultural Intelligence. Global Journal of Management, Spring 2021.
  • Aguas, J. (2021). Generation Z and the Mental Health Crisis. Global Journal of Management, Spring 2021.
  • Aguas, J., & Mgrdichian, L. (2020)The Role of the American Working Woman: A Century in Review. Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 10(1).
  • Aguas, J. (2020). An Exposition of 1 & 2 Samuel on Decision-Making and Power. The Journal of Emerging Leadership Journeys, 12(1), 29-41.
  • Aguas, J. (2018). Emotional Intelligence in the Discourse of the Johannine Account. The Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership, 8(1), 51-70.
  • Aguas, J. (2008). Leadership Behaviors to Effectively Lead and Communicate with Multi-Generational Organizations, Master's Thesis, Biola University.

Manuscripts in Preparation and/or Submitted for Publication

  • Aguas, J., & Prater, M. (2021). Generation Z and the COVID-19 Global Crisis. Kendall Hunt Publishing.
  • Aguas, J. (2021). An Examination of the Relationship between Servant Leadership and NEO Personality Dimensions among Generation Z and Millennials.
  • Aguas, J. (2021). Generation Z and the Learning Transfer Process: A Methodology to Teaching Emotional Intelligence to an Emerging Generation.
  • Aguas, J. (2021). Organizational Theory and Metaphorical Structures in the Book of Acts.


    • The Megatrends Impacting Innovation and Entrepreneurship, The Leatherby Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Ethics at Chapman University (2020).
    • Effective Communication Across Generations, University of California Irvine (UCI) (2019).
    • The Role of American Woman in the Workplace, Paper presented at The Christian Business Faculty Association Conference, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Co-presented with Laureen Mgrdichian (2019).
    • Effectively Leading Generation Z, Business Insight Series, Concordia University Irvine (2019).
    • The Rise of Generation Z. Paper presented at The Christian Business Faculty Association Conference, Covenant College, Chattanooga, Tennessee (2018).
    • Leadership in Higher Education Circle of Change Conference, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, California (2017).


    Undergraduate courses at Biola University:

    • Principles of Management
    • Human Resource Management
    • Organizational Behavior
    • Capstone Course for Management

    Graduate Courses at Biola University:

    • Management Theory and Practice
    • The Innovative Leader
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